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Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo Talks Final 4 & Duke – 4/1/15

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THE 
HEAD COACH OF MICHIGAN STATE 
BASKETBALL, TOM IZZO.
COACH, HOW ARE YOU, SIR?
>> Caller: GOOD.
YOU?
>> THAT VOICE OKAY?
>> Caller: YEAH, IT'S GREAT.
IT'S GREAT.
JUST KIND OF ALWAYS RASPY, YOU 
KNOW.
YOU KNOW BEAU.
YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT.
>> TODAY'S BEAU WOULD HAVE BEEN 
HIS BIRTHDAY, APRIL FOOL'S IS 
BEAU'S BIRTHDAY.
>> Caller: OF ALL DAYS.
>> I KNOW, I KNOW.
>> Caller: IS THAT RIGHT?
>> ISN'T IT FUNNY?
NO FOOLING WITH HIM.
>> Caller: NO, EVER.
>> THAT'S YOU, COACH, BRINGING 
UP A MICHIGAN GUY TO ME, AND --
>> Caller: I KNOW.
>> IT'S THE SPARTANS' TIME.
>> Caller: I LIKED HIM.
HE WAS SPECIAL THAT DAY.
>> YOU KNOW, I MEAN, I'M PLEASED 
TO HAVE YOU HERE ON THE PROGRAM.
COACH, WHAT†-- YOU KNOW, YOU GOT 
SEVEN FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES, 
AND I'M SURE THEY ARE LIKE 
CHILDREN.
YOU CAN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN ONE, 
ALL KIDS ARE DIFFERENT.
HOW IS THIS SEVENTH APPEARANCE 
DIFFERENT FROM THE CURRENT 
APPEARANCE IN THE FINAL FOUR, 
COACH?
>> Caller: A COUPLE WERE 
SURPRISE.
THE FIRST ONE IS THE FIRST KISS, 
THE ONE YOU REMEMBER, AND THEN 
WE WENT TO THREE IN A ROW, BUT 
THE OTHER TWO WERE EXPECTED, 
TWOOICH WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A 
CHALLENGE.
WE HAD A GOOD TEAM.
I THINK 2010 AND THIS ONE HAVE 
BEEN THE†-- ESPECIALLY THIS ONE, 
JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE.
I MEAN, I CAN'T SAY THAT I HAD 
MY BAGS PACKED OR ANYTHING.
I WAS HONEST ABOUT IT, BUT I DID 
THINK WE WERE GETTING BETTER 
DURING THE YEAR, AND I THINK 
DOWN THE STRETCH, YOU KNOW, WE 
WON, LIKE, TEN OUT OF 12 RAT ONE 
POINT, AND WE WERE JUST GETTING 
BETTER, AND HEALTHIER, AND 
FRESHMEN WERE DOING MORE, AND I 
HAD TO ADJUST TO HERE IS LOST 
GOOD PLAYERS, TWO GUYS, ONE TO 
INJURY FOR THE YEAR, AND ONE 
THAT WE SUSPENDED, AND WE HAD A 
LOT OF GUYS TO CHANGE ROLLS.
TOOK TIME.
>> WHAT ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR, 
THOUGH, COACH, THAT GETS THE 
BEST OUT OF YOU?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS MARCH 
TOURNAMENT THAT GETS THE BEST 
OUT OF YOU TO GET THE BEST OUT 
OF YOUR PLAYERS THAT OTHER 
COACHES AND OTHER PROGRAMS CAN'T 
SEEM TO ENJOY WITH AS MUCH 
CONSISTENCY AS YOU IN EAST 
LANSING?
>> Caller: WELL, MY BEST FRIEND, 
AND YOUR FRIEND, MIKE MARIUCCI 
TELLS ME TO WIN SOME GAMES, AND 
HE TRAVELS, BUT, YOU KNOW, I 
DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.
I REALLY BELIEVE IT'S GOT IN OUR 
CULTURE HERE WHERE PEOPLE THINK 
THEY ARE BETTER THAN THEY ARE 
COME MARCH.
I THINK OUR FORMER PLAYERS PUT 
PRESSURE ON THE CURRENT PLAYERS.
JUST SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE MORE 
FOCUS.
I HATE TO SAY THAT.
AROUND HERE, EVERYONE THINKS I 
TAKE OFF NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, 
JANUARY, AND FEBRUARY AND WORK 
IN MARCH AND I JUST GOLF THE 
OTHER MONTHS.
REALLY, I'M TRYING TO SURVIVE TO 
GET TO MARCH.
RICH, WE PLAY A GOOD SCHEDULE IN 
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER ALMOST 
EVERY YEAR.
THIS YEAR WAS DUKE, KANSAS, 
NOTRE DAME ON THE ROAD, AND I 
THINK THAT HELPS US.
WE GET OUR WARTS OUT.
WE FIGURE OUT WHAT WE ARE NOT 
GOOD AT AND BUILD ON THAT.
I THINK THAT'S OF ALL THE THINGS 
THAT HAPPENED ME THE MOST.
>> WHAT IS DUKE GOOD AT THAT 
CHALLENGES YOU AS YOU CURRENTLY 
LOOK AT TAPE AND GOING THROUGH 
YOUR MENTAL NOTES OF WHAT IT'S 
LIKE TO GO UP AGAINST COACH KAY 
IN A GAME?
>> Caller: HE'S GOOD AT 
EVERYTHING, AND HE CAN COACH.
THEY HAVE ARGUABLY ONE OF THE 
BEST CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY, AND 
GOOD THING FOR ME, I NEVER GOT 
HIM, BUT I RECRUITED HIM AND 
JONES FOR FOUR YEARS, AND SO I 
KNOW A LOT ABOUT THEIR GAME AND 
WHAT THEY DO, AND THE FREE 
FRESHMAN, BUT THE HEART OF THE 
TEAM IS THE KID QUINN COOK, AND 
HE'S A SENIOR.
HE'S BEEN THERE.
HE'S CHANGED POSITIONS.
HE'S TOUGH.
HE CAN SHOOT IT.
HE CAN DEFT.
YOU KNOW, I GUESS IF THERE'S A 
WEAKNESS, THEY ARE NOT REAL 
DEEP.
THEY COULD BE IN TROUBLE WITH 
THEIR DEPTH A LITTLE BIT, AND 
OTHER THAN THAT, THOUGH, THEY 
CAN SHOOT IT.
THEY CAN SCORE IN THE POST.
MAYBE BEEN A LITTLE INCONSISTENT 
FROM THE THREE AT TIMES, BUT A 
GOOD TEAM.
THAT'S WHY THEY ARE A ONE SEED.
>> YEAH, COACH JOINING ME HERE, 
BEFORE YOU GO, YOU MENTIONED HIM 
TRAVELING, GOING ALL THE WAY TO 
CHINA, COACH.
>> I KNOW.
THAT WAS A RIVER HE WAS RIDING 
DOWN, AND IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE 
I†-- I TOLD HIM, HOW COULD YOU 
LET GAYLE SCHEDULE THE SPRING, 
AND HE LET HIS WIFE DO THAT, 
SHOWING YOU HE'S SOFTENING, 
COACHING IN THE TV WORLD WITH 
YOU GUYS.
>> PART OF THE PAPARAZZI, AND 
HE'S FLYING IN.
>> INDIANAPOLIS.
HE OUGHT TO LOOK GOOD WHEN I SEE 
HIM.
>> HE'S GOING TO BE ABOUT 18 
TIME ZONES AWAY WHEN HE'S RIGHT 
THERE, RIGHT BIND THE BENCH WITH 
YOU OR MAGIC I'M SURE, AND 
EVERYBODY BEING THERE IN 
INDIANAPOLIS, AND ONE MORE 
QUESTION, I SAW YOUR POST GAME 
SPEECH, THERE ON THE GREASE 
BOARD, LOOKED LIKE BEING UP 
THERE ON THE GREASE BOARD, WROTE 
DOWN TWO MINUTES, 60 MINUTES 
WORTH OF MEMORIES.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO SEE PLAYERS, 
NETS AROUND THE NECKS AND YOU 
DELIVERING THE SPEECH AFTER A 
VICTORY LIKE THE ONE YOU HAD 
OVER LOUISVILLE?
>> Caller: THOSE ARE THE SPECIAL 
TIMES.
ASK COACHES, IT'S THE LOCKER 
ROOMS, IT'S THE PRACTICES.
THAT'S WHAT YOU MISS WHEN YOU 
GET OUT OF IT, AND THOSE ARE 
GREAT TIMES, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW 
HOW MUCH TIME THE COACH PUT IN.
COACHES GET CREDIT, BUT KIDS DO 
THE WORK.
THEY WIN THE GAMES.
THEY ARE THE ONES THAT PLAY THE 
GAMES, AND SO IT'S FUN, BUT IT'S 
REALLY BEEN FUN WITH STEVE 
BECAUSE, I'VE BEEN A BIG FAN OF 
YOURS, WATCHES ON THE NETWORK.
>> THANK YOU.
>> Caller: YOU DO A GOOD JOB, 
AND WHAT'S BEEN FUN FOR ME IS 
HAVING A BEST FRIEND IN A 
SIMILAR OCCUPATION, BUT A 
DIFFERENT SPORT AND RAULZ HOW 
MANY INTANGIBLES ARE THE SAME.
CAN YOU GET A GUY TO DO MORE 
THAN HE CAN DO?
THAT FALLS OVER INTO LIFE TOO.
IT'S BEEN GOOD, RICH, AND I'VE 
BEEN FORTUNATE, LUCKY, LOOKING 
FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND SEEING IF 
WE CAN KEEP THIS DREAM ALIVE.
>> NONE OF YOUR PLAYERS WHIPPED 
OUT A SHARPIE FROM A SOCK AND 
SIGN A BASKETBALL, RIGHT?
>> WE ALL HAVE OUR ISSUES, BUT 
THEY ARE ALL GOOD IN THE END, 
HAVE AN APPRECIATION FOR 
EVERYTHING WHEN YOU ARE DONE, 
AND I KNOW FOR STEVE, YOU KNOW, 
HE HAD GREAT YEARS, BUT NOW HE'S 
REALLY ENJOYING WHAT HE'S DOING.
I WATCH THE GAME CHANGERS LAST 
NIGHT.
IT WAS GOOD.
IT WAS FUNNY.
>> YEAH.
>> Caller: I THINK HE STILL 
MISSES IT SOME, BUT I THINK HE 
LOVES WHAT HE'S DOING.
>> I LOVE HIM.
HE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE 
ON THE PLANET.
HE LOVES YOU.
HE TALKS ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME, 
COACH.
I HAVE NOTHING BUT THE UTMOST OF 
RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR YOU, 
WHAT YOU DO, HOW YOU DO IT B AND 
THRILLED YOU CALLED INTO TODAY'S 
SHOW.
THANK YOU.
>> Caller: THANK YOU, RICH.
HAVE A GREAT DAY, AND KEEP DOING 
YOUR JOB, AND HOPEFULLY ONE OF 
THESE DAYS I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I'M 
OUT THAT WAY.
>> LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
>> Caller: YOU BET.
THANKS, RICH.
>> TOM IZZO, HEAD COACH OF 
MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL HERE 
ON THE SHOW.